October 29, 2009
REPA Myths and ISTA Clarifications
The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) issued an e-statement to educators to dispel what it termed as “myths” being voiced concerning the proposed revisions to Indiana’s teacher preparation and licensure rules (also known as REPA-Revisions for Educator Preparation and Accountability).
ISTA offers the following information to clarify these issues and continues to advocate for solutions to the establishment for fair teacher preparation and licensing rules-ensuring that Indiana’s public schools continue to be staffed with highly qualified, dedicated professionals.
IDOE MYTH 1:
REPA will NOT require current teachers to take instructional or content-area exams to continue teaching or to renew their licenses. Only first-time teacher applicants would be required to prove content knowledge through content-area exams.
IDOE MYTH 2:
REPA will NOT cause any teacher to lose his/her license or job. All currently licensed educators will be licensed to teach the same grade levels and content areas under the REPA. All license endorsements for current teachers will transfer to their new licenses.
IDOE MYTH 3:
REPA will NOT eliminate IDOE licensing for psychologists, counselors, social workers and speech-language-hearing clinicians.
IDOE MYTH 4:
Current teachers will have greater flexibility under REPA. REPA will allow teachers to add endorsements to their licenses by proving proficiency by passing the PRAXIS II exam in each endorsement area.
IDOE MYTH 5:
REPA will save teachers thousands of dollars in license renewal. REPA will allow teachers to use professional development and in-service credits to renew their licenses, saving teachers thousands of dollars in tuition costs. Teachers would still have the option to renew their licenses every five years by obtaining six credit hours from colleges or universities.
IDOE MYTH 6:
REPA will renew Accomplished Practitioner licenses for 10 years instead of five years, as the current licensing system mandates.
IDOE MYTH 7:
REPA will NOT eliminate pedagogy or student teaching requirements for future teachers. REPA aims to capture the most essential pedagogical concepts and strike a more even balance between content knowledge and pedagogy-particularly for middle and secondary educators. Under REPA, all new teachers will be required to complete nine weeks of student teaching before receiving licensure.
IDOE MYTH 8:
REPA will NOT require every teacher to obtain a bachelor's degree in a subject area. Current teachers will not be affected at all by a degree requirement. Future elementary teachers may still receive a traditional elementary education major. Only future secondary teachers would be required to receive degrees with content-area majors with minors in education. Moreover, by requiring secondary teachers (6-12) to receive content-area majors in the subjects they teach, Indiana's teachers will meet the mandated requirements of the Highly Qualified Teacher provision within the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
IDOE MYTH 9:
REPA will NOT allow a new teacher to obtain a license by completing an online program, such as the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE). REPA does not approve any new alternative programs, including ABCTE, at this time. It does, however, allow for review of such programs at a later date to determine whether they are suitable for use in Indiana.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Clarifying the Myths on Myths
Responding to the DOE statements on REPA.....the public comment site is no closed with one public hearing left, this Monday, 10am at the Indiana State Library--Be there!